Braille burgers

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great whatever time of day it is for you whenever you read this. Anyway, I retweeted this on twitter, and I saw such a reaction that I thought I’d post it here as well.

A restaurant in South Africa called Wimpy came out with a new product recently. It is called the braille burger. They use sesame seeds to create the braille on the buns. The “braille” provides the visually impaired or blind user with a description of what they’re about to eat.

My opinion:

Can I just have a menu please? Also, could we have custom messages placed on those like for Valentines day or something? That might be pretty cool. Although, I don’t know who would buy their significant other a burger for Valentines day. lol.

To learn more about this burger, please visit this link: Read more about the braille burger. The truth is that I’m not entirely sure I would order one, but I might. Not for the braille, but just to see if it’s good or not. I’m a little undecided if it’s a good idea or not because I can see potential with this idea.

Your opinion

What is your opinion on this? Good or bad idea? Why? Would you try a braille burger? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts on this!

Thanks for reading!

Buying textbooks.

We’ve come to that part just before the new semester where we have to buy our textbooks. I have some advice for you. Untill now I didn’t think my advice would be necessary. So here goes nothing!

First off whenever possible buy them from the college’s bookstore. Did I say buy… I mean rent. That is if a rent option is available at your college/university’s bookstore. Renting saves you money and you may be able to buy something else. Just don’t forget to turn them in on time so you won’t be charged late fees.

If you have to buy books and don’t want to use your college’s book store. (I do whenever possible because my financial aid pays for them.) You should try Ebates. There’s a bunch of book stores on there including: Amazon, Barnes N Noble ETC. When you shop through Ebates you get cashback. Though, the amount you get depends on the store. They go by percentages for example, with the appstore you get 7 percent cashback. Not a lot, but it’s something.

Note: This is not a scam. It is also not an endorsement. I just love Ebates so much. Also I know Ebates is available in the U. S. and Canada, but not sure about other places. Check their website for that sort of information.

If you have never signed up for Ebates before use my referral code. If you have any questions about Ebates or anything I’ve said here tweet me or find another way to get in touch. Warning! If you send an email it may take a while for me to respond. Please be patient.

Thanks for reading!

Sign the Petition: Add Audio Description to Hulu Content

Hello, LivingBlindBlog readers!

Some of you might have heard through the grapevine that a petition has started on Change.org asking Hulu to add audio description to their content. Given the continuing success that Netflix has had in paving the way for accessible streaming content, adding Hulu to our viewing options would certainly broaden the playing-field.

Currently, according to FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulation, local TV station affiliates of networks like CBS, NBC, Fox, and ABC in the top 60 TV markets must provide 50 hours per calendar quarter (about 4 hours a week) of audio-described content on primetime and/or children’s programming. 4 hours of accessible content per week seems hardly to scratch the surface, but as I’ve often said, when we address issues of accessibility, the impossible will take a little while.

The UK, not surprisingly, has the most developed AD program; while regulations stipulate that a maximum of 10% of programming include audio description, several networks, including Sky and Channel 4, have increased their offerings to 20%. Case-in-point: One of my favorite CBS shows currently is “Elementary,” a modern-day adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories set in New York. CBS does not offer AD for this title, but the show also airs in the UK, and it is fully-described. Given the ever-increasing catalogue of TV programming as well as options for viewing it, keeping pace with the content is certainly an accessibility challenge, but as we have seen, this is not impossible. Netflix continues to expand its selection of AD content, and given that Hulu is one of its fiercest contenders in the streaming market, providing this improvement would broaden the service’s viewership and take another stride forward in making our increasingly visual culture accessible. If you haven’t yet signed the petition, please consider doing so here.

Question

Do you watch audio-described content? What are some of your favorite shows? What shows would you like to see include audio description?

Hey blind or visually impaired artists! Here's a place to submit your work.

First of all let me say the following. If you follow my writing blog let me say that I’m sorry for the double-post. If not here goes nothing

this site asked us via twitter if we could pass the word on. So here I am to do just that. So if you write non-fiction, fiction, poetry, or play music, paint ETC submit your work to this site. I might even submit something, but I haven’t decided yet.

The process for submitting ends April 1st and started on January 15th I think. Be sure to double check on that. As well as the guidelines for submission for each category. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Bookshare switches to UEB braille

As of January 4th (Louis Braille’s birthday) the U. S. has adopted UEB (Unified English Braille). I don’t know UEB so this will be a new experience for me. However, I think that’s what education is all about. 🙂

All of Bookshare’s collection can now be read in UEB. This is of course according to the blog I’m about to link to. For more information please see this article

Thanks for reading!

Greetings, All!

Hello and welcome…

My name is Meagan, and I’ve been graciously invited to join the other bloggers here on Living Blind Blog. I hope I can bring fresh and informative insights to the site, so watch this space for posts about, well, living blind.

Get to know me…

I’m a professional communications student at MacEwan University, hoping to pursue a career involving writing and editing. I have all the usual interests: music, reading, creative writing, and of course, socializing. I’ve enjoyed taking part in many little corners of the blind community, and this is just one more adventure on what should be a very long list.

I’m usually to be found drinking tea (caffeinated, of course), writing furiously, and chasing my tail as deadlines loom. I’ve also been known to go to pieces when cute, fluffy creatures are around. If I’m not doing that, I’m probably curled up with my newest great read.

If you like what you see…

If you’re curious about what else I get up to in the writing world, you can find me at wheresyourdog.com. If you love books as much as I do, feel free to join me on Goodreads. You can also check out all things Meagan on Twitter. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy reading!

Fafsa: Financial aid

When I first started at the first college I had to fill out fafsa so that I could be eligible for financial aid. Which can include grants and scholarships through this website and had to be completed before the beginning of every semester. However, I was convinced that a screen reader wouldn’t work well with it. I was convinced that it would get hung up somewhere between the questions and the edit boxes, that it would just stop reading, or that it would get stuck somewhere on the application. Thus, causing me to forcefully shut down my computer, lose all my data, and have to start all over again. Hey! I’ve seen government run websites before. They’re not always the best for accessibility especially where screen readers are concerned. So I had the financial aid office at my college do it for me.

Imagine my surprise a semester or so ago when I discovered that it was fully accessible. (The new college I’d started attending was no where near me so I had no choice except to find out whether it was or not.) No hang ups, no getting stuck, and no not reading what was on the screen. No sighted help needed. Yay for that! That was a relief.

So if you’re going into college for the first time, are returning back to college, or like me never had to do it until now I want you to know that it works. At least with NVDA. I don’t have any other screen reader to test it with so if it doesn’t work with something please let me know. The questions are easy as long as you don’t let them overwhelm you. You can get a bunch of information from a previous application, or you can just start a new one. However you choose to do it please remember to read all the questions carefully before answering. Good luck!

Web visum *Not* working with current version of firefox.

So many people including myself has/have noticed that Web visum the ad-on for firefox that allows the users the ability to do an assortment of things which are listed on their website is not working with the latest version of firefox. So what can it do? One of the main things I use it for is it’s captcha image solving capabilities. It does a few other things, but I don’t use those features.

Honestly I’m surprised that web visum is still around. I’ve been hearing romors for years that web visum wasn’t going to work with the next version of firefox, and the next, and the next. I belong to a jaws for windows list, and there is a message that tells of a way to fix firefox so that it works with web visum, but it sounds difficult unless one is a computer geek. Therefore, I’d recommend that one contacts web vissum via their contact page. I don’t remember the directions for making firefox work again with web visum. Perhaps those who want to know can google it?
Thanks for reading!

My classes this past semester have(mostly) been online; some tips from me.

Yes as the title above suggests all of my classes except for one this past semester have been online. Here are some tips I’ve learned from that experience. I hope they can help you

2. Since the instructor/professor can’t see you because it’s an online class email them asap to alert them of your disabilities. During the first part of the semester (the semester was split into two 8 week periods with certain classes the first section and the rest on the last.) During the first 8-week period I had to take an english class. Midway through it finally occured to me to email the professor and tell him that I couldn’t see to make sure my papers were properly formatted. I then explained about my disability, the screen reader I used, and anything else I thought might be useful. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.

3. If someone corrects you in a duscussion forum about their name, which you mispelled, take it in stride. During that same english class I typed an m instead of an n at the end of someone’s name. They corrected me, I explained that I’d thought my screen reader was saying m instead of n and that I was very sorry. I also told them that people actually miss-pronounce my last name so I know how they felt. I think it helped.

4. Make sure every feature they’re going to use is accessible. I thought I had done that with my online orientation class, but apparently I’d neglected to check something. That something was whether or not the “Attach a file” thing in the discussion board was accessible. Bad news! It wasn’t so I had to have sighted help.

That’s all I can think of for now, but if I think of anything else I’ll be sure to either write another post, or add to this one. Thanks for reading! I hope you don’t make the same mistakes I did.

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